Photo Bits

Photo Bits

Already 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting year. We have just come back from a great trip to the Canadian Rockies and now we are heading to one of our favourite North American destinations – the Palouse. In fact, this is not the only trip we plan this year to this land of superb visuals.

Thanks to the hard work of Patrick of fujirumors.com we already know almost everything about the upcoming Fuji X-Pro2. I don’t want to go “off track” by putting too much emphasis on gear but the original Fuji X-Pro1 was a very important camera for us. Not only was this our first interchangeable camera from Fujifilm but it also changed the way we approach photography. We will be shooting with the Fuji X-Pro2 as soon as we can get our hands on it.

We are working on several exciting projects including our first e-book aimed at novice photographers. From our experience, the right start in photography is so important. And that’s not the only project on the horizon. There is a very exciting multi-year project in the works that’s close to my heart. Stay tuned for more info.

Last but certainly not least, I had the privilege of being interviewed by a great photographer/educator, Ian Macdonald. I found Ian’s questions to be very interesting and well-thought out. You can find the full interview here.

Below, please find more of our imagery from the Canadian Rockies.

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next time…

2016 © Kasia & Olaf Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The Majestic Rockies – Connecting with the Landscape (Part 1)

The Majestic Rockies – Connecting with the Landscape (Part 1)

There is no place like it. Kasia and I first drove through the Canadian Rockies twenty years ago. I will never forget the impact of these incredible mountain ranges. The sheer size, beauty and toughness of this land gained my respect, absorbed all my senses and provoked a deeply spiritual experience in my inner being.

Almost every year since then, Kasia and I have made a pilgrimage to this land of giants. But there is more.

We were living in two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Calgary, and the trip through the Rockies became a rite of passage for our family. It has become a road of joy, sorrow and redemption. This road led me to Calgary where I nearly lost my life. Then I travelled through the mountains to a lengthy recovery process here in Vancouver. Through all these years and experiences, Kasia and I connected with this landscape as with no other.      

We have been in the Rockies in every season of the year. Most people visit the area in summer when it is warm, travel is easy and the lakes turn blue. Indeed, a great choice. However, for me the true beauty of the mountains reveals itself in winter. Snow simplifies the vista, underlines the contours and reveals the mountains’ splendour. Cold protects this beauty from invaders and the slanted winter light accentuates the snowscape.

We visited most of our favourite locations and captured them with the X100T, Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 50-140mm F2.8 and XF 14mm F2.8. In the next few posts we will be sharing with you our personal experiences, stories and imagery. What a great theme to begin the New Year. Stay tuned.

Here are a few samples of what’s to come. 

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We met an incredible Japanese man travelling the Canadian Rockies on foot.

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…and a young man from Russia practicing hockey at Lake Louise.

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We had such an amazing time at Emerald Lake. 

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Stay tuned for much more… 

 

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